No, this is not true at all. A good travel agent can usually save you money. Agents have information that you may not have at your disposal. Some charge a service charge, but even still can save you money. Try one, if not satisfied, cancel and do it on your own. It is worth a try.
So what is the mark up from a travel agent, how much do they usually mark it up? I realize some people on here may not wanna answer that question but if someone would then please e mail me the answer then.
Holly.. there is no such thing as a Mark UP on a cruise price. The cruise lines set a price for their cabins (the prices can be found on many of the cruise lines web sites).
The cruise line will sell you those cabins at listed prices.
Included in that pricing is the commission they would pay the agent, in the event you booked through an agent. The commissions agents receive vary from agent to agent, and cruise line to cruise ("averages" from 10 -18%) There is generally NO mark up or add on to that price unless you stumble across a really bad agent.
In almost all cases the agents will then discount a portion of their commissions to offer customers a BETTER price than they can get from the cruise line.
There are other means for agents to reduce the pricing even further, through use of group rates, and points for perks and shipboard credits. It does get complicated, so there is no easy answer.
However, if you haven't found an agent that will offer you a cruise for less than the cruise lines are selling it for, you simply haven't found the right agent.
My T/A is also a friend of mine. I have seen invoices from the
Cruise lines (more than one), and the invoice is the cruise rate.
The T/A is then paid a commission, a percentage, of the invoice total.
I believe that on some cruise lines a higher percentage is paid
if a group goes over a certain level. ( number of cabins/passengers).
I am not a T/A, just a friend of a very good one.
When it comes to pricing, I would pay a good travel agent a little more
if I needed to, to insure a smooth vacation experience.
I have nothing against internet sites, or 800 number travel agents,
I just know I have found a good T/A and do not expect to change.